Fifa boss defends World Cup plans: Infantino’s views are becoming more and more insane

FIFA boss defends World Cup plans
Infantino’s views are becoming more and more insane

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino criticizes the attitude of Europe with regard to the debate about a football World Cup every two years. In his remarkable speech to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, he also irritates with inappropriate views on Africa and working conditions in Qatar.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has defended his plans for a biannual World Cup and next World Cup hosts Qatar in a remarkable appearance before the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. “We have to involve the whole world. We can’t tell the rest of the world: Give us your money and your players – and watch on TV,” said the head of the World Football Association. “We must give hope to Africans so that they no longer have to come across the Mediterranean to perhaps find a better life or, more likely, death at sea.” It’s about giving everyone “opportunities and dignity”.

Football is developing in a direction “where a few have everything and the majority have nothing,” he said: “The World Cup takes place twice a week in Europe because the best players play here. Europe doesn’t need any other events.” The situation is different for the rest of the world. In addition to the European Football Union, the South American association is also opposed to FIFA’s plans to shorten the World Cup rhythm from four to two years. The idea is ‘maybe not the answer’ to all the problems, Infantino admitted, but is an ‘antidote’ to some clubs’ Super League aspirations and a first step in trying to ‘get everyone on board’.

With regard to the World Cup in Qatar, he wanted to “put some things straight,” stressed the Swiss during the debate on the commission’s report “Football Administration: Economy and Values”. It is “simply not true” when 6,500 dead workers are reported on the World Cup construction sites, “there are three. Three are still too many, but between three and 6,500 there is a big difference.” The working conditions are comparable to those in Europe. In addition, FIFA is not a world police force, said Infantino, who conceded that Qatar was “no paradise”. “There is still a lot to change and a lot to be done. We have to keep the focus and the pressure on, but recognize that change is happening.” This is a “merit of football”.

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